Alt Rehse

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Alt Rehse
Village of Penzlin
Street in Alt Rehse (2003)
Street in Alt Rehse (2003)
Coat of arms of Alt Rehse
Coat of arms
Alt Rehse   is located in Germany
Alt Rehse
Alt Rehse
Coordinates: 53°30′N 13°10′E / 53.500°N 13.167°E / 53.500; 13.167Coordinates: 53°30′N 13°10′E / 53.500°N 13.167°E / 53.500; 13.167
Country Germany
State Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
District Mecklenburgische Seenplatte
Town Penzlin
 • Total 9.11 km2 (3.52 sq mi)
Elevation 17 m (56 ft)
Population (2006-12-31)
 • Total 334
 • Density 37/km2 (95/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 17217
Dialling codes 03962
Vehicle registration MÜR

Alt Rehse is a village and a former municipality in the Mecklenburgische Seenplatte district, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. On 1 July 2008, it was incorporated into the town Penzlin.

During the Nazi era it was the site of an Institute of Genetics, run by Dr Hermann Boehm, and the Führerschule der Deutschen Ärzteschaft (Leadership School of German Medicine). At this school, doctors, nurses and midwives attended a six-week course, during which they studied Nazi racial ideology, genetics, "racial science" and eugenics under Boehm. Students wore uniforms and were expected to participate in sports as well as hard daily exercise and to carry out physical labour. It was the eventual intention that all German medical professionals would pass through the school.[1]

Buildings that accommodated the students were built in the style of traditional, rural thatched cottages. At least one still carries inscriptions indicating it was built in "Year 3", i.e. 1936, the third year of the new, Nazi era.[2]


  1. ^ Proctor, Robert (1988). Racial Hygiene: Medicine Under the Nazis. Harvard University Press. p. 83. ISBN 0674745787. 
  2. ^ Johnathan Meades (1994). "Unholy Relics of Nazi Germany". Further Abroad. 10 min minutes in. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).